Cover Art by Jeff Busch/ Design by Scott Stevens
Well last week we sent my newest CD “Come Together” to Nyberg Mastering in Seattle. Please don’t ask me to explain the science of mastering, but know that it makes the CD sound really cool! The process softens the audio rough spots and brings more to the forefront the whorls and designs of your sound.
This particular sound baby has been incubating since July of last year and will be available on Bandcamp really soon. I am a little giddy about it to say the least! Not just giddy for the sounds to share with you but giddy with the lessons learned while planning, recording, editing and figuring out how to do this. Strangely the lessons learned on this project can be applied to any part of this life journey; but good lessons are like that, they are very versatile as well as carrying a strong sense of deja vu.
So here is my top 5 list of what I learned while making this CD. It could easily be longer but as the youtube celeb Kimberly “Sweet Brown “Wilkins said “ain’t nobody got time for that”!
Number 5-Unfolding vs whip-cracking scheduling
Calendars are very helpful, so are deadlines but sometimes deadlines are approximate. Creative ideas unfold in their own time and “life happens”! Flexibility and open mindedness are welcome at any party.
Number 4- Say no to perfectionism
Perfectionism is exhausting and such an energy suck. The goal of the CD is to share with the you (the listener) a moment; it is a journal entry for that day. Of course the final project could be different or…better, but note to self: just enjoy the moment.
Number 3-Trust others who are experts at what they do.
I am very fortunate to work with people who know how to play their instruments well, navigate their recording console ease fully and know how and what to listen for. I know how to sing and sometimes I know how to listen. There are moments though, when I don’t know how to do either and wise counsel or a new perspective is a breath of fresh air. Did I mention that I work with some great musicians? Did I mention that the recording engineer that I worked with rocked?
Number 2-Patience, Patience, Patience.
There were times in the process when I wanted my dessert now! I wanted to just “hurry up and get it done, dammit”. But I know from experience there are few things things that benefit from that attitude, and patience is usually the best response.
Number 1-This CD is a “we” not a “me”
You might have noticed that I started this post with the words “…we sent the CD out….” I am very fortunate to have a wonderful husband who helps me with many of my musical endeavors. He is the guy who drives me to gigs, posts pictures on FB, proofreads posts, designs and maintains my website, talks me off ledges, develops marketing material, and is the best cheerleader/partner that a gal can have!
And finally, thank you for your support faithful reader. If you are getting this email you are someone who has come to shows, bought CDs and supported my endeavor for world domination through scat (smile). Thank you for your encouragement and support, I hope you like the CD.